Spider-Man Chronology ’82-’85: Indispensable Spider-Man Pt 6

It’s a great time to be a Spider-Man fan!

In this edition of the Indispensable Spider-Man, we look at issues roughly between 1982 and 1985, which contains some of Spider-Man’s best stories.  Nothing Stops the Juggernaut.  The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man.  The Owl vs. The Octopus.  Secret Wars.  The First Hobgoblin Saga.  All these stories rank consistently and high in many person’s list, and make this one of the best Spider-Man chronology periods.

Again, to recap, here’s the criteria we use to whittle down the reading list:

  • What are considered the best issues in the main Spider-Man chronology are central
  • Any issues that change the status quo for significant portion of time are included as well
  • Very important issues are marked with two asterisks (**), while issues that are part of those storylines, without the major event, are also included and marked with a diminutive one asterisk (*). Search for “**” in this below to further pare down the list.

Spider-Man Chronology from 1982-1985 : What You Need To Know

What makes the cut of the indispensable 1982-1985 Spider-Man Chronology

The introduction of the Hobgoblin and the arrival of the black symbiote suit definitely make the cut, along with Roger Stern classics such “Nothing Stops the Juggernaut” and “The Boy Who Collected Spider-Man!”.  And that’s just in Amazing Spider-Man.  In Spectacular Spider-Man, we see the introduction of Cloak and Dagger as well as the unravelling of Peter’s relationship with Deb Whitman.

Creators of the 1982-1985 Spider-Man Chronology era

Roger Stern is the major addition to this era, as puts forth such high ranking classics in a comparably short run.  He is flanked by Romita Jr on art in Amazing, while in Spectacular, Bill Mantlo and Al Milgrom pen most of those issues.  Secret Wars ends this run of Spider-Man Chronology, which is brought to you be Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck.

Titles of the 1982-1985 Spider-Man Chronology era

Amazing Spider-Man and the Spectacular Spider-Man remain the core of the Spider-Man chronology. Marvel Team-Up begins its end run.

Events of the 1982-1985 Spider-Man Chronology era

Cloak and Dagger make their first appearance, and while they never take an indispensable role in Spider-Man’s stories, they appear every so often enough to make this important.  Deb Whitman and Peter break up after she suspects he’s Spider-Man.  Spider-Man then begins a relationship with the Black Cat, and reveals his identity to her after her recovery from the beating she received while battling Doctor Octopus.  To add to the love triangle that defines this Spider-Man chronology, Mary Jane Watson returns to New York and Peter’s life.

Collections of the 1982-1985 Spider-Man Chronology era

The options begin to grow in terms of reprints for this era, as so many classic stories increase the demand for these books:

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Spider-Man Chronology in the Marvel Essentials Collection (Black and White Newsprint but Affordable)

Essential Spider-Man, Vol. 10
Essential Spider-Man – Volume 11
Essential Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 3 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 3)
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (Marvel Essentials, Vol. 4)

Other Trade Paperbacks

Spider-Man: Origin of the Hobgoblin
Secret Wars
Spider-Man Visionaries – Roger Stern, Vol. 1 (v. 1)

The Indispensable Spider-Man Chronology 1982-1985

OrderYearAgeIssueCreatorsDetails**
224.011982BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #224 BUY ES10 OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrVulture meets Lubensky**
225.021982BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #63 BUY ES-S3 Mantlo, Larocque*
225.041982BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #64 BUY ES-S3 Mantlo, Hannigan1st Cloak and Dagger**
226.011982BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #226 BUY ES10 OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrBest! Black Cat**
227.011982BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #227 BUY ES10 OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrBest! Black Cat granted amnesty, "drowns"**
227.041982BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #65 BUY ES-S3 Mantlo, HallKraven*
229.011982BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #229 BUY ES10 OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrBest! Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut, Madame Web**
230.011982BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #230 BUY ES10 OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrBest! Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut, Madame Web**
230.021982BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #68 BUY ES-S3 Mantlo, McDonnellStromm, Deb suspects Peter is Spider-Man**
230.061982BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #69 BUY ES-S3 Mantlo, HanniganCover! Cloak and Dagger**
230.071982BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #70 BUY ES-S3 Mantlo, HanniganSilvermane becomes a robot, Cloak and Dagger**
236.061982BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #72 BUY ES-S3 Mantlo, HanniganCover! Doc Ock, Peter Parker Robbed**
236.081982BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #73 BUY ES-S3 Mantlo, MilgromBest! Octopus and Owl, Doc Ock**
237.021983BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #74 BUY ES-S3 Mantlo, HallBest! Octopus and Owl, Revealed! to Deb, Deb leaves, Doc Ock, Black Cat returns**
237.031983BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #75 BUY ES-S4 Mantlo, MilgromBest! Octopus and Owl, Doc Ock beaten, Spidey dates Black Cat, Black Cat beaten**
237.041983BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #76 BUY ES-S4 Mantlo, MilgromBest! Black Cat in hospital, Doc Ock**
237.051983BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #77 BUY ES-S4 Mantlo, MilgromBest! Doc Ock attacks Black Cat in hospital*
238.011983CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #238 BUY ES11 OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrBest! 1st Hobgoblin, Hobgoblin Saga**
239.011983CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #239 BUY ES11 OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrBest! Hobgoblin Saga**
239.021983CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #78 BUY ES-S4 Mantlo, MilgromBest! Doc Ock comes back for Black Cat in hospital**
239.031983CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #79 BUY ES-S4 Mantlo, MilgromBest! Doc Ock arrested, Black Cat**
239.051983CopperMarvel Team-Up #128 BUY DeMatteis, GammillVermin*
242.011983CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #242 BUY ES11 OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrMJ Returns*
243.011983CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #243 BUY ES11 OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrMJ Returns, Black Cat, Peter quits college after 1st graduate year**
244.011983CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #244 BUY ES11 Stern, Romita JrBest! Hobgoblin Saga, Black Cat**
245.011983CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #245 BUY ES11 OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrBest! Hobgoblin Saga**
245.021983CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #83 BUY ES-S4 Mantlo, LaRocqueBlack Cat, Punisher, Electro*
248.011984CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #248 BUY ES11 OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrRevealed! to Boy who collects Spider-Man, Best!**
248.021983CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #85 BUY ES-S4 OB-RS1Mantlo, MilgromHobgoblin Saga, Black Cat**
248.061984CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #86 BUY ES-S4 Mantlo, Milgrom*
249.011984CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #249 BUY OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrBest! Hobgoblin Saga, Kingpin**
249.031984CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #87 BUY ES-S4 Mantlo, MilgromRevealed! to Black Cat**
250.011984CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #250 BUY OB-RS1Stern, Romita JrBest! Hobgoblin Saga**
251.011984CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #251 BUY OB-RS1DeFalco, FrenzBest! Hobgoblin Saga, Jonah confesses Scorpion in Op-Ed**
251.041984CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #89 BUY ES-S4 Mantlo, MilgromBlack Cat gets powers, Kingpin**
251.051984CopperSecret Wars #1 BUY Shooter, ZeckSecret Wars, Doc Ock, Lizard*
251.061984CopperSecret Wars #2 BUY Shooter, ZeckSecret Wars, Doc Ock, Lizard*
251.071984CopperSecret Wars #3 BUY Shooter, ZeckSecret Wars, Doc Ock*
251.081984CopperSecret Wars #4 BUY Shooter, LaytonSecret Wars, Doc Ock*
251.091984CopperSecret Wars #5 BUY Shooter, LaytonSecret Wars, Doc Ock, Lizard*
251.101984CopperSecret Wars #6 BUY Shooter, ZeckSecret Wars, Doc Ock, Lizard*
251.111984CopperSecret Wars #7 BUY Shooter, ZeckSecret Wars, Doc Ock, Lizard*
251.121984CopperSecret Wars #8 BUY Shooter, ZeckSecret Wars, Doc Ock, Lizard, Black Symbiote Costume**
251.131985CopperSecret Wars #9 BUY Shooter, ZeckSecret Wars, Doc Ock, Lizard, Black Symbiote Costume*
251.141985CopperSecret Wars #10 BUY Shooter, ZeckSecret Wars, Doc Ock, Lizard, Black Symbiote Costume*
251.151985CopperSecret Wars #11 BUY Shooter, ZeckSecret Wars, Doc Ock, Lizard, Black Symbiote Costume*
251.161985CopperSecret Wars #12 BUY Shooter, ZeckSecret Wars, Doc Ock, Lizard, Black Symbiote Costume*

Please, help us make this list better by contributing your thoughts on what should be included. We would love to pared own this list even further, though we don’t want you to miss out on some great runs. Drop us a line in the comments for changes to this Spider-Man Chronology, which will be reflected in our larger Spider-Man Chronology list here:

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